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Gainax and Gangan Cookin' Up a Scheme

New Gainax? Tell me more!


Word on the Japanese blogs this morning is that Square Enix's Young Gangan announced in its latest issue that they have  a project going on with Gainax that will be announced in the next issue, which would be volume 12, coming out on May 28th.

They don't hint at what the project might be, or even what medium, except tha they say that Seiji Mizushima-- director of Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00, and Shaman King –is involved. Considering he's never done a manga to my knowledge, well, it seems likely that it'll at least involve an anime (possibly an anime/manga conjunction sort of project).

So then the next question: will this be some kind of new work? An adaptation of a Young Gangan series (Fudanshism! FUDANSHISM!)? Some new iteration of a past Gainax title (though I think they're already pretty busy with the Evangelion movies)?

So, answer me this, Vice readers: what do you HOPE it is, and what do you hope it's NOT?
kratos1010on May 14, 2009 at 1:26 p.m.
Hmm...Gainax does a lot of good work, so I have no complaints. Anything is good.
Sigueon May 14, 2009 at 1:55 p.m.
kratos1010 said:
"Hmm...Gainax does a lot of good work, so I have no complaints. Anything is good."
I'm less optimistic. While Gainax's original work is generally good, their adaptations tend to be mediocre. The popularity of Gainax's properties like FLCL and Gurren Lagann tend to obscure the fact that a decent amount of their work just isn't particularly good - although I'm inclined to respect a studio that will take risks and have success with original properties than ones that take generic, albeit popular, source material, adapt it while exponentially increasing the moecrap and then being hailed as the anime studio version of the Christ.   I wonder just how much control, if any, Gainax will have over the product. If this is some kind of original product, then hells yeah I'm excited. If it isn't, well... I'll check it out, but I won't be expecting anything particularly special.
lanaswifton May 14, 2009 at 3:52 p.m.
@Sigue @kratos1010 They did a pretty good job with adaptations of Mahoro-Matic and He Is My Master. But their original work This Ugly Yet Beautiful World was boring as hell.

On the other hand, Shikabane Hime is rather blah, and of course the Gainax original-series trifecta of Evangelion, FLCL, and Gurren Lagann is godly (not to mention other successes like Abenobashi).

So no matter what it is, it could go either way. 
Sonata moderator on May 14, 2009 at 7:13 p.m.
I Love Abenobashi!!XD

Gainax has more hits than misses, I'm crossing my FingersXD
coonce staff on May 15, 2009 at 10:18 a.m.
@lanaswift: @replies are up and working right now -- let me know if you have any questions about it!

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